Liverpool’s Salah smashes Champions League record with hat-trick

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah answered his critics in spectacular fashion with a stunning hat-trick against Rangers on Wednesday evening. Having emerged from the bench, his quickfire trio took just over six minutes, making it the fastest in Champions League history. 

Liverpool fans were given a surprise before kick-off as neither Salah nor Diogo Jota made the starting XI. This season, the Egyptian has struggled for the kind of form that has made him a legend on Merseyside. 

The Champions League clash was closely contested in the first half as Scott Arfield gave Rangers the lead. Roberto Firmino equalised before the break and grabbed his second early in the second half, but Salah’s cameo ultimately stole the show. 

Three cool finishes in the 75th, 80th and 81st minute made it the fastest hat-trick in Champions League history, two minutes faster than Batefimbi Gomis managed for Lyon in 2011. 

Blackburn Rovers hero Mike Newell, former Manchester City star Raheem Sterling and ex-Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo are also among the players to have been blown away by Salah’s rapid treble. 

Darwin Nunez and Harvey Elliott were also on the scoresheet for Liverpool on Wednesday as they consigned Rangers to their heaviest-ever Champions League defeat. Elliott, meanwhile, notched his first-ever goal in the competition. 

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